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Housing Discrimination??

I called about a place for rent and since my boyfriend and I are not married the woman said we couldn't rent it. I feel that this is discrimination. She said that's what the contract says and we would be in violation. I feel this is discrimination. Is there anything I can do?

 
badgirl44654

Asked by badgirl44654 at 1:43 PM on Jul. 6, 2010 in Home & Garden

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  • You can call your local housing authority. She may be able to do that because she doesn't want to have a "roommate" situation and one of you move out and the other one get stuck with the bill.
    matthewscandi

    Answer by matthewscandi at 1:45 PM on Jul. 6, 2010

  • There are just some places that have certain rules.. like no pets, no kids, must have a certain job for a certain amount of time. Maybe this is one..
    SuperrMommyy

    Answer by SuperrMommyy at 1:46 PM on Jul. 6, 2010

  • Not really. I mean, you don't want to rent from some one who feels this way. Several years ago before I met my hubby, he and this then GF were looking for an apartment. The potential landlord looked at his last name and asked him what was it. He answered honestly it was a Filipino last name and she said "Oh no, we don't rent to your kind". So it happens, but you just move on and find a different place.
    kuriequinn

    Answer by kuriequinn at 1:49 PM on Jul. 6, 2010

  • That is housing discrimination based on family status, and it IS illegal. Call your local HUD office and file a report.
    Fallaya

    Answer by Fallaya at 1:49 PM on Jul. 6, 2010

  • I would just leave it alone. or say you are married. Our neighbors are common law married because they have been living together for 9 years. But honestly, I don't think you should live together unmarried anyway. But that is what I believe.
    My3LittleGirls

    Answer by My3LittleGirls at 1:51 PM on Jul. 6, 2010

  • " He answered honestly it was a Filipino last name and she said "Oh no, we don't rent to your kind"" That is against the law. I'm pretty sure the situation you describe (won't rent to a couple who isn't married) is illegal as well. Call the HUD hotline

    The Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) administers and enforces federal laws and establishes policies that make sure all Americans have equal access to the housing of their choice. Learn more about FHEO, or contact the Housing Discrimination Hotline by email, or at 1-800-669-9777
    maggiemom2000

    Answer by maggiemom2000 at 1:54 PM on Jul. 6, 2010

  • "Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (Fair Housing Act), as amended, prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of dwellings, and in other housing-related transactions, based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status (including children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women, and people securing custody of children under the age of 18), and handicap (disability)."

    maggiemom2000

    Answer by maggiemom2000 at 1:55 PM on Jul. 6, 2010

  • OF COURSE THERE IS SOMETHING YOU CAN DO.CALL A TENANT &/OR LANDLORD ATTORNEY.BECAUSE WHAT SHE IS DOING IS BLATANTLY DISCRIMIDATING AGAINST YOU AND YOUR S/O. I MANAGED APARTMENT FOR A LONG TIME AND KNOW ALOT ABOUT TENANT/LANDLORD LAWS.LAWS ARES DIFFERENT IN MOST STATES BUT YOU HAVE GOT A VERY GOOD DISCRIMINATE SUIT GOING ON.NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE.IF YOU CAN'T AFFORD AN ATTORNEY...EVERY STATE HAS LEGAL AID.MY ADVICE TO YOU IS CALL A TENANT/LANDLORD.ATTORNEY WHO WOULD TAKE YOU ON A CONSTITUANT CASE OR GET AHOLD OF LEGAL AID.PLEASE FOLLOW THRU WITH THIS.NOT ONLY FOR YOUR GOOD BUT FOR OTHERS TOO. GOOD LUCK TO YOU BOTH.IN MOST STATES,TH TENANT HAS MORE RIGHTS THAN THE LANDLORD HAS.
    bvannkissy

    Answer by bvannkissy at 2:09 PM on Jul. 6, 2010

  • I called the Fair Housing Authority and she said marital status is not covered, but I do have a disabled child. The conversation went something like this:
    Her: I'm calling you back about the add in the paper
    Me: Yes Hello
    Her: Can you tell me what your situation is like?
    Me: As far as what? Children?
    Her: No do you work, are you going to be able to pay $500 a month?
    Me: I do not work, but I do receive SSI and child support for my disabled child. And my boyfriend would be moving in with me and he works.
    Her: We don't allow Live-Ins. It's on our contract that no Live-Ins are allowed, so right there it is in violation of our contract.
    Me: Ok Thank You
    Her: Thanks For Calling

    I called and filed a complaint. I feel that the disabled child was a factor as well, but she's trying to use the live-ins as an excuse. I did a search and found her name and address with her phone number. I'm still pissed about this.
    badgirl44654

    Comment by badgirl44654 (original poster) at 2:38 PM on Jul. 6, 2010

  • I should have also told the woman while I was talking to her and said that my boyfriend is Honduran. Given me more bullets to fight her with.
    badgirl44654

    Comment by badgirl44654 (original poster) at 2:39 PM on Jul. 6, 2010

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